This morning I woke up with the birds singing. Very early though!
As I hadn’t been shooting the sunrise for a while, mostly because of bad weather, I actually was happy to see the sun shining so I could make some photos. Is that addiction to shooting? Yes, and that’s why I run the Photo Rehab Clinic and enjoy the company of many other patients!
The first is the photo I made this morning. I wished I had been there earlier though, to catch the sun just rising, but this was anyways a great view to start my day.
I am sharing the powerful sunset photo I made earlier this week as well. Check it inside the post.
I don’t really know if I am more addicted to photography than to the images I see. I want to keep them forever in my mind, what makes the act of photographing just a means to an end. I think that is more the truth.
Of the images of nature which touch me the most, the sun movement from dawn to dusk, is my preferred. I think it is the best metaphor for a life’s course. It is there, it goes on, and a lot happens between day and night, with or without our control. There is nothing we can do to stop it.
So, instead of being upset with the birds or with myself, I at least got my photos done. It is not every day though, that I am taking the high road, or letting it go. I tend to take things way too seriously, and sometimes get upset with the silly things that happen to me or around me, (over)reacting to them. This behavior is not necessarily helpful, as there are people and situations outside of my control. So I may just get frustrated for nothing.
While being at a party some days ago, someone said something to me that I could have taken personally. I didn’t react with anger but laughter. A friend who knows me very well, asked me surprised what made me change my attitude so much.
My answer: Aging? Maturity? Both? Just learning (sometimes) to not take people nor life, too seriously.
This quote from American philosopher, artist and writer Elbert Hubbard, goes to my blogger friend Colleen, from Silver Threading, featuring the best place your quote can be: The Writer’s Quote Wednesday. If You want to know more about him, here is the bio.
I am also posting for the Photo101 Rehab, the event for everyone who loves photography (hobbyists, amateurs, pro-shooters, or just curious , anyone is welcome), and wants to join a community of like-minded people, who are also fun to connect with.
Want to know how to join? Check below.
Here is what ‘The Clinic Photo Rehab is:
This blog hosted ‘The Photo101 Rehab Clinic’ from 04 to 31 December 2014 and featured over 170 photos made by Photobloggers Andy Townend, Mara Eastern, Cardinal Guzman, DesleyJane, Justine, Amy, Teresa, Albert, Terri, Giving Thought, Ellen, Nalinki, Mariangeles, DwayCrafts, Lucy, Terri, Bampa’s Views, PeaceCrafting, Dreaming of Leaving and Project Easier.
As former patients informed me that the withdrawal symptoms remained active, and new patients recognized the same symptoms, The Clinic – Photo Rehab reopened its doors.
You can do a self-examination. If you detect any of the following symptoms, as carefully described by Albert from the blog Passionately Curious, come and join us: “Withdrawal symptoms may include the incessant need to carry your camera everywhere with you, the need to wake up in the wee hours to take photos during the golden hour, and checking up on others you met during the course to see what their newfound knowledge has brought fruit to.”
How to join:
Time: The Clinic is open 24 x 7 until the healing process ends.
Camera: You can use any camera, from DSLR, mirrorless, compact, to smartphones.
Theme: Bring your creativity and photograph a theme of your liking in B&W or Color. With or without edition. We like learning techniques as well, if you want to share it with everyone.
Who can join: Anyone can join; and not only former Photo 101 bloggers. All you need is passion. Passion to speak up through images – or words, if you may want to add your thoughts to it as well – showing what you see and how much that is important to you.
Thanks for joining and enjoy it.
The Clinic – Photo Rehab
Here is the link to add your photos. Knock the wall… and click on the image below:
Even if you don’t want to join in, click above and appreciate the beautiful photos of the former and current participants. Go and check their wonderful blogs as well: